Books to Read Before Becoming by Michelle Obama

Savvy Readers, we’re all very excited for Becoming by Michelle Obama, am I right?! While we (impatiently) wait, we’ve put together the perfect list of books to read from some of the most inspiring female authors we could think of. Be prepared to be inspired, encouraged, and supported from these incredible feminist reads!

Roar by Cecelia Ahern

On sale next Tuesday (October 30), Roar by Cecelia Ahern, author of the beloved P.S. I Love You and more, asks: Have you ever had a moment when you wanted to roar? The women in the 30 touching, hilarious stories that Roar is comprised of are all of us: the women who befriend us, the women who encourage us, the women who make us brave. Witty, tender, surprisingRoar captures the moments when we all want to roar.

Together We Rise by The Women’s March Organizers, Condé Nast

In the celebration of the one-year anniversary of Women’s March, this full-colour book offers an unprecedented, front-row seat to one of the most galvanizing movements in history: the Women’s March in protest of Donald J. Trump’s inauguration. This book is a look at the beginning of a resistance movement to reclaim our future. The best part? Proceeds from Together We Rise are shared with three grassroots, women-led organizations. Find out more here!

This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins

From one of the most fiercest critics writing today, Morgan Jerkins‘ collection of linked essays interweaves her commentary on pop culture, feminism, black history, misogyny, and racism with her own experiences to confront the very real challenges of being a black woman today. And Roxane Gay calls Jerkins “A writer to be reckoned with,” so… we’re in.


Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

And speaking of Roxane Gay… Bad Feminist is a timeless collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism. In these funny and insightful essays, Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman of colour, while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years and commenting on the state of feminism today. What’s not to love?

Little Black Book by Otegha Uwagba

This (literally) little book is a toolkit for working women—the essential career handbook for creative working women. Whether you’re just starting out as a working woman or already have plenty of experience, this book is packed with fresh ideas and no-nonsense practical advice. And trust us, it’s about to become your go-to resource when it comes to building the career you want!

Don’t Call Me Princess by Peggy Orenstein

Drawn from three decades of writing, Peggy Orenstein’s Don’t Call Me a Princess is a collection of funny, poignant, and deeply personal pieces that trace girls’ and women’s progress (or lack thereof) in a “half-changed world.”. This book is a crucial evaluation of where we stand today as women—in our work lives, sex lives, as mothers, as partners—illuminating both how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go.


Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Surely you’ve heard of Rachel Hollis, but I’ll remind you: She’s the founder of the lifestyle website, CEO of her own media company, author of Girl, Wash Your Face (and the upcoming Girl, Stop Apologizing), and the voice behind an immense online community. In her challenging and inspiring book, she exposes 20 lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively. You got this, girl.

5 Minute Stories for Fearless Girls by Sarah Howden

For the young feminist in your life, share the stories of smart, fearless, and inspiring women from around the world in 5-Minute Stories for Fearless Girls! From aviation pioneers to leading scientists and gold-medal athletes to princesses, these incredible stories are sure to inspire young readers!


Fed Up by Gemma Hartley

Have you had enough with feeling fed up? SAME. Out November 13th (I know, I know… we have to wait for this one, too), Gemma Hartley—the journalist who ignited a national conversation on emotional labour—has some essential reading for every women. Fed Up is a bold dive into the unpaid, invisible work women have shouldered for too long, and an impassioned vision for creating a better future for us all.


What feminist read will you pick up first, Savvy Readers? And what was the last book that empowered you? We’d love to hear from you! Let us know on Twitter @SavvyReader or in the comments below.


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